How big a travel trailer??? and tow vehicle size-

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sharon small

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Thanks for your advice on the towing 5100 lbs with a vehicle rated for 6000 - sounds too close for comfort.  What is the max you would tow with that vehicle, the BMW X5 for example?  Is there something other than a full sized SUV or pick up that could tow  5100 lbs comfortably?  Or we can just get a smaller trailer! 

On that note - we like to tent camp but would like a bathroom for extended travel.  We are leaning toward something 20' - 26' , and think we will set up the tent too as extra living space.  Do you think 20' with a nice bathroom and bed and small living quarters and kitchen will be too small in the long run?  We are trying to narrow the overwhelming number of options and not make too many expensive misjudgements!  Thank you for sharing your stories and experiences. 
 
sharon small said:
Or we can just get a smaller trailer! 
A bigger tow vehicle or a smaller trailer are both options that would work.
Do you think 20' with a nice bathroom and bed and small living quarters and kitchen will be too small in the long run? 
Yes I do. Remember you are going to be spending maybe 10% of your time driving and 90% of your time RVing. Having a small space really doesn't make a lot of sense unless you are only going to be camping one or two weekends a year. If you plan on using it frequently then ask yourself the following question when you are inspecting a possible RV to purchase "How comfortable would we be in this RV during a two day rainstorm?" Personally I think for two people anything under 30 feet is cramped.
 
Maybe it is time you start thinking about putting the cart before the horse.  Pick a TT you think you will be comfortable in for an extended period of time.  Then based on the trailers GVWR numbers do some quick math and then go shopping for a new/different TV to handle that much load.
 
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